SOU Alumni Spotlight

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At SOU, athletic success is driven by character

The old adage that sports build character isn’t necessarily true, according to SOU Athletic Director Matt Sayre. “There are studies that show the longer someone is involved in organized sports, the lower they score on ethical tests, unless you purposely teach character values,” Sayre said. Since becoming athletic director in 2010, Sayre and his coaches […]

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SOU’s 2018 grads still have professional development offer on the table

The 1,100 SOU graduates who received degrees last June still have more than a year and a half to take the university up on its offer of a free professional development course to help establish or advance their careers. A handful of last year’s degree recipients have enrolled in or registered for the non-credit courses […]

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SOU alumnus serious about his comics venture, IDW Publishing

Perhaps it was his job in the SOU bookstore that led Ted Adams (’90) to the role of publisher and CEO of IDW Publishing and IDW Media Holdings. “It was the best experience,” Adams said. “I got to interact with students and read books on break. Having access to all those books was fun for […]

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SOU alumna to offer Friday Science Seminar on zebrafish study

SOU alumna and doctoral candidate Sarah Stednitz will offer a lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday that examines the social interactions of zebrafish and their implications on autism research and other deficits in humans’ social behavior. The Friday Science Seminar event will be in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 151). The lecture is […]

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Taylor Mullaney: A dentist’s art and science

The mouth is a window into the health of the body. According to the American Dental Association, it can foreshadow diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and immune disorders. When a dentist peers into the mouth, he or she can see signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection, often the first symptoms of serious medical conditions. […]

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Compelling case: Linder’s historic legal journey begins at SOU

SOU alumna Virginia Linder (’75), who retired as an Oregon Supreme Court justice in 2016, says that being an undergraduate at what was then Southern Oregon State College in the 1970s was an ideal time for her. “It was the civil rights period, the beginning of the women’s rights movement,” she says. “I and most […]

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McNair program changed the life of SOU faculty member and alumna

Mention the name Brook Colley (’07) around the SOU campus and students reply with delight, quickly sharing stories of her warmth, approachability and whip-smart lectures. After graduating SOU with degrees in sociology and political science, Colley attended the University of California-Davis, where she received her doctorate in Native American Studies. She returned to SOU in […]

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SOU Alum: Michael Finley’s national parks balancing act

Michael Finley was praised on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives when he retired in 2001 after more than 32 years with the National Park Service. California Congressman Jerry Lewis lauded Finley for his dynamic leadership of three of the nation’s largest national parks – Yosemite, Yellowstone and Everglades. Lewis identified Finley’s work […]

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The Power of Art in the Political World

“It is possible to make a life in the arts and to live in the world of ideas as an intellectual,” says Bruce Guenther (’71) when reflecting on his 50-year career as a curator, artist and educator. For Guenther, who retired in 2014 after serving 14 years as chief curator for the Portland Art Museum, […]

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Saxophone sensation: On Tour with Panic! At the Disco

Gratitude is a recurring theme for saxophonist Jesse Molloy (’01). Whether the topic is music, bands or his education, Molloy said he wants to take the time to be thankful for the opportunities that have come his way. “I have been trying to express my gratitude in different ways, whether it is through producing music […]